Local House Museums Present ‘Letters from Home: Boston Families Correspond’

March 29, 2012
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The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston has announced its spring 2012 tour series, “Letters from Home: Boston Families Correspond,” featuring correspondence from Boston’s five downtown house museums.  For these special tours, the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House and Gibson House Museums will draw on their rich collections of personal...

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Back to Reality with Mark Twain

March 29, 2012
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It was, we are certain, with great difficulty that most homeowners turned their heat on Saturday and Sunday due to the vastly changed weather situation. It is, forecasters predict, a condition appearing certain to continue for much of the week. All is not lost but then, everything about the heat we’ve experienced for the...

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District Crime Rate Sees Increase

March 29, 2012
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Area A-1, which includes Beacon Hill, Charlestown, Chinatown and downtown, has experienced a 28-percent increase in violent and property crimes to date in 2012, compared with last year, Boston police said. Between Jan. 1 and March 18 of this year, 601 incidents of Part One crime were reported as opposed to 470 in the...

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Spring Time

March 20, 2012
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Spring Time

The early spring is evident all over Beacon Hill. Will it last?

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Spring into Early Childhood Developmental at Hill House

March 20, 2012
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Spring into Early Childhood Developmental at Hill House

The tables are set with small,  inflated balloons, large sheets of paper and blue-and-white paint. Today, Sensory Art participants at Hill House are painting the sky. Some are slow to get their small fingers dirty, but by the end of the class, all are engaged. Surprisingly, given the kids’ ages (1-2 years), not much...

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Villa Mexico Café Makes Case with Zoning Board

March 20, 2012
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The owners of Villa Mexico Café are scheduled to appear before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals at City Hall, Room 809-A, on Tuesday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m., seeking the zoning relief and licenses that would allow the restaurant to relocate to 12 Grove St. The applicants intend to open a small take-out...

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Josiah Quincy Elementary School ‘diversity Thru Art’

March 20, 2012
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Throughout the months of March and April, artists, designers, educators, parents and arts enthusiasts from our Boston Chinese Community will be leading workshops in Josiah Quincy Elementary School classrooms, exposing children and teachers to the power of expression thru the Visual Arts. The culmination of these workshops will be an art exhibit on Friday,...

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Chaos Just Around the Corner

March 20, 2012
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The transformer fire that plunged nearly the entirety of the Back Bay into darkness last week reveals how fragile our existence is and also how our lives can be altered dramatically in a matter of a few minutes. It also revealed how unprepared all of us are for life without electricity and to what...

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Police Briefs 03-20-2012

March 20, 2012
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Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (Bottle) 03/08/12 – A victim reported being struck in the face and head area with a wine bottle inside a Grove Street apartment at around 2:16 a.m. The victim was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, and the suspect was placed under arrest for assault and battery with...

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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

March 16, 2012
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Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Myrtle Street Playground Annual Easter Egg Hunt takes place at the playground on Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. (In case of rain, the event will be held at 74 Joy St.) Come celebrate spring and Easter with your friends and little ones at the first event at the playground since the winter...

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Envy? Not Us by Karen Cord Taylor

March 16, 2012
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Envy? Not Us by Karen Cord Taylor

It’s looking as if we might have to put up with Mitt Romney for awhile. We have found out what we expected—he is a rich man, not just in the top 1 percent, but in the top .006 percent. And Mitt says we envy him. Mitt, you don’t know from envy. There aren’t many...

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Residents Support Councilors Arroyo and Ross’ Commercial Trash Pick-up Proposal

March 16, 2012
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Boston residents packed the City Council Chamber last month for a hearing on a Home Rule Petition introduced by City Councilors Felix Arroyo and Mike Ross to allow the city to regulate commercial trash collection timing that currently wakes up neighbors in the middle of the night. Arroyo said, “This is a very reasonable...

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Evening Celebrates ‘victorian Baseball in Boston’

March 16, 2012
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Red Sox fans will have the opportunity to view the present and visit the past on Opening Day of the 2012 Major League Baseball season. Not longer after the first pitch is thrown in Detroit on Thursday, April 5, to begin the Red Sox season, the Gibson House Museum and The Society for American...

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Thinking Cup Gets BHCA Non-opposition Support for Space

March 16, 2012
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Beacon Hill Civic Association (BHCA) Zoning and Licensing Committee voted Wednesday not to oppose the permits and relief necessary for the Thinking Cup Coffee Shop to open at 14-16 Derne St., although the committee didn’t support the establishment’s outdoor-seating plan. Thinking Cup, which operates another location at 165 Tremont St., has proposed changing the...

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Is the Winter Finished?

March 16, 2012
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The clocks have been changed and we’ve gained an hour. The sun is out longer during the day and it comes out earlier in the morning. By all first appearances the cold has been pushed back. It is in a literal retreat. The warmer air of the past few days gives us all the...

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Welcome and Good Luck

March 16, 2012
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Boston Police Captain Thomas Lee has taken over command of District A-1. This is our district and one of the most important commands in the city of Boston. He replaces Captain John O’Rourke, who has been given an appointment as a deputy superintendent. Captain O’Rourke was highly respected in all the neighborhoods he served....

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Police Briefs 03-14-2012

March 16, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/29/12 – A victim reported her 2007 Acura TSX was parked on Beacon Street between 2 and 3:30 p.m., when unknown person(s) broke the driver side’s rear passenger window and removed her laptop and bag.  Larceny from Motor Vehicle 03/03/12 – A victim reported her...

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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

March 8, 2012
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MassDot Unveils Alternative for Longfellow Bridge

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) unveiled its preferred alternative for the state’s planned $260 million reconfiguration of the Longfellow Bridge Thursday at a public meeting to vet the environmental consequences of the project. The plan includes “rehabilitation and restoration in place of the existing historic bridge, reduction in outbound lanes to one vehicular...

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Hill Residents Help Make ‘Feast of Music’ a Success

March 8, 2012
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Hill Residents Help Make ‘Feast of Music’ a Success

New England Conservatory (NEC) is celebrating the most successful “Feast of Music” in the gala’s history. The annual event regularly attracts more than 400 guests and features a unique format of alternating courses of spectacular cuisine and fine wines, with virtuoso musical performances by NEC students. At this year’s Viennese-themed evening at the Fairmont...

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Behaving Like Bostonians

March 8, 2012
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You’ve probably read about the Esplanade Association’s vision for the Esplanade for the next century. The goals are sound, and the plans are ambitious. As with any civic project, the financial requirements are significant. Responses have often been laudatory, especially when they concern reducing the impact of Storrow Drive. But another reaction has been...

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Menino Plans More Growth for Biking

March 8, 2012
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino released the annual Boston Bikes Annual Report last week, highlighting the success of Boston’s biking initiatives and previewing plans for its continued growth. Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007 with the goal of making Boston a world-class cycling city. Four years later, Boston has officially gained recognition as one of...

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It Takes a Community Effort

March 8, 2012
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The Friends of the Phillips Street Play Area are holding their first planning meeting of 2012 at the Vilna Shul, 18 Phillips Street, Thursday, March 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. If history is the judge of what and how the PSPA will rally its forces to improve the playground for the coming season,...

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MBTA to Avoid Cuts

March 8, 2012
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It is becoming obvious that every effort is being made by the MBTA, and the governor, to avoid cancellation of T services in Greater Boston in return for a fare increase. At an estimated 25 percent raise, we are not exactly sure how fair it is for those Boston residents using the T everyday...

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Police Briefs 03-06-2012

March 8, 2012
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 02/23/12 – A victim reported his 2009 Volvo XC90 had the driver’s side window broken and an iPod, two pairs of sunglasses and a portable charger was removed from the motor vehicle between 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 and 4:30 p.m. the next day. The...

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